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Accountability for Human Rights Violations by International Organisations


Book | 2010 | World | Jan Wouters, Eva Brems, Stefaan Smis, Pierre Schmitt

With the proliferation of international organisations and their ever increasing role in a wide range of policy fields, situations multiply in which human rights are threatened or violated through the actions, operations or policies of such organisations. The present book, with carefully selected contributions from many prominent scholars and practitioners, is the first to explore these problems in a comprehensive manner and to examine the accountability mechanisms that are available.

In a first, cross-cutting part, the contributions study general concepts, such as the accountability of international organisations as an evolving legal concept, international organisations as independent actors, the logic of sliding scales in the law of international responsibility and the relations between the international organisations and their Member States in regard to their respective obligations and responsibilities.

The subsequent parts of the book focus on the accountability for human rights violations attributable to international organisations in four areas: (i) peace and humanitarian operations; (ii) international civil administration; (iii) economic governance; and (iv) staff of international organisations.

About the editors:

Jan Wouters is Jean Monnet Chair, Professor of International Law and International Organisations and Director of the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies and Institute for International Law at the University of Leuven.

Eva Brems is Professor of Human Rights Law and Non-Western Law at the University of Ghent.

Stefaan Smis is Professor of International Dispute Settlement at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels and Reader in International Law at the University of Westminster.

Pierre Schmitt is Research Fellow at the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies and Institute for International Law at the University of Leuven.

With contributions by: Ige F. Dekker, Niels M. Blokker, Olivier De Schutter, Frederik Naert, Mateo Tondini, Ulf HäuBler, Peter R. Baehr, Kristin Bergtora Sandvik, Ralph Wilde, Eric De Brabandere, Remzije Istrefi, Gjylbehare Bella Murati, Rekha Oleschak-Pillai, Jeroen Denkers, Nicola Jägers, Stephen Sevidzem Kingah, Christine Janssens, Gauthier De Beco, Chittharanjan Felix Amerasinghe, Sarah Hunt, Osmat Azzam Jefferson and Edward Kwakwa.

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Type of product Book
Format Paperback
EAN / ISSN 9781780680668
Series name International Law
Weight 1020 g
Status Available
Number of pages xxiv + 626 p.
Access to exercice No
Publisher Intersentia
Language English
Publication Date Oct 8, 2010
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  • Table of Contents
  • Accountability for Human Rights Violations by International Organisations: Introductory Remarks
  • Accountability of International Organisations: An Evolving Legal Concept?
  • International Organisations as Independent Actors: Sweet Memory or Functionally Necessary?
  • Human Rights and the Rise of International Organisations: The Logic of Sliding Scales in the Law of International Responsibility
  • Binding International Organisations to Member State Treaties or Responsibility of Member States for Their Own Actions in the Framework of International Organisations
  • The ‘Italian job’: How to Make International Organisations Compliant with Human Rights and Accountable for Their Violation by Targeting Member States
  • Human Rights Accountability of International Organisations in the Lead of International Peace Missions
  • Accountability of the United Nations: The Case of Srebrenica
  • On the Social Life of International Organisations: Framing Accountability in Refugee Resettlement
  • Understanding the International Territorial Administration Accountability Deficit: Trusteeship and the Legitimacy of International Organisations
  • Human Rights Accountability of International Administrations: Theory and Practice in East Timor
  • Should the United Nations Create an Independent Human Rights Body in a Transitional Administration? The Case of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK)
  • The Ombudsperson Institution vs the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK)
  • Accountability of International Organisations: An Analysis of the World Bank’s Inspection Panel
  • The Accountability of the International Monetary Fund for Human Rights Violations
  • The World Trade Organization: An Obstacle to Enforcing Human Rights Obligations?
  • TRIPs and Human Rights: Access to Cheaper AIDS Medicines
  • Accountability of Development Agencies through the Use of Human Rights Indicators
  • Accountability of International Organisations for Violations of the Human Rights of Staff
  • Human Rights Accountability of International Organisations vis-à-vis Their Staff : The United Nations
  • Workplace Equality in International Organisations: Why is It an Illusory Concept?
  • An International Organisation’s Point of View
  • List of Contributors
  • Table of Cases
  • Index